Cropping

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  1. groovygran

    groovygran TPF Noob!

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    I have just purchased a Nikon 40 which has 6 mega pixels (only a small step up from my Canon point and shoot camera at 5 mega pixels)

    I told the salesperson I liked to crop - but he convinced me that I didn't need to worry about that as I bought a 55 x 200 lens as well. He said the lens would take care of the need to crop.

    Well - since owning the camera for a couple of days - I am rather wondering if I shouldn't of bought the Nikon 40X with 10 mega pixels. I am able to return the camera in 2 weeks if I am not satisfied.

    I took photos of my little grandson playing soccer and even with the 55 x 200 lens I could not bring him as close as I would like. I do think if I could crop the photo -I could see him better and would like the photos much better.

    I also took photos of a newborn grandchild and decided the tiny bare feet would make a lovely photo just on their own.

    As you see, I rather like to crop !

    What do you kind people advice regarding cropping. Should I have more mega pixels in a camera ???

    What should I know about cropping?

    Cheers
     
  2. scottl

    scottl TPF Noob!

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    The number of megapixels you need really depend on the size of the picture you are resizing or cropping to. A 6 megapixel is plenty if you are cropping and resizing to anything up to 8x10 and probably even bigger without problems.

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  3. Richard

    Richard TPF Noob!

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    Are you going to be printing them or just sending them through email. If you might print then I suggest you do a test print with one of your pictures that you had to crop a lot out. If it looks good then you are all set if not then getting the 10 mp will help, or look for a longer lens.
     

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